What are the scary things about living by yourself?

Indian woman here… hence speaking from an Indian perspective about how things are for an Indian woman living alone in a predominantly or all-Indian neighbourhood… You are liable to be the subject of annoying relatives’ gossip at family dos, with the main topics being your virginity/morality and/or the lack of it. There will always be…

What innocent-seeming picture is actually heartbreaking?

TRIGGER WARNING: Some readers may find this answer and images disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. This is a photograph of Laxmi Agarwal. Doesn’t she look cute? She was born in June 1990 in Delhi (India) into a middle-class family. This photograph was taken at the age of 15… a few days before her entire life…

If you were royalty, what would your name be?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: In the state of Kerala in India (where I’m from), there is a specific procedure for naming royalty. Kerala had three or four principal kingdoms but only two major royal families – the royal families of the kingdoms of Travancore and Cochin. If I’d been born into the Travancore Royal…